Built environment

In Campus Descartes, France, the smart city of tomorrow is underway

Wed, 2017-11-22 01:27 -- SCC Europe Staff

In an effort to help push cities in an ecological direction, the "Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l'Aménagement et des Réseaux" (IFSTTAR) will test out solutions in a mini-city that’s equipped with sensors. Below, we’ll take a closer look at the project underway and what it could mean for cities in terms of moving forward in the energy transition.

Four ways Helsinki is incorporating smart solutions

Wed, 2017-11-15 06:23 -- SCC Europe Staff

As part of the six-year mySMARTLife project, European Lighthouse city Helsinki is looking to urban solutions to cut 70 percent of greenhouse gases. Along with Nantes and Hamburg, Helsinki is part of the mySMARTLife plan to transform cities into “more sustainable places where smart people and smart economy become reality.”

Clever nature-based solutions to combat climate change

Mon, 2017-10-30 04:04 -- SCC Europe Staff

One of seven European projects looking at nature-based solutions for smart cities, Connecting Nature is part of a €12 million investment to help cities make the switch to become more sustainable. The pan-European project, coordinated by the research team at Trinity College Dublin, is looking at 11 European cities in particular—including Glasgow and Genk in Belgium—to explore new technologies to help these cities become greener from the ground up.

EEI chairman pledges to collaborate with communities on powering technology to support smart cities

Mon, 2017-10-23 15:29 -- SCC Staff

A more resilient electric grid is at the heart of the smart energy movement, and utilities must collaborate with municipal leaders to leverage investments in smart infrastructure that help cities reach their smart city goals, the chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) said during Smart Cities Week in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.

State Tech: Smart street lights lay the groundwork for future IoT deployments

Mon, 2017-10-23 15:08 -- SCC Staff

Cities looking at IoT connected technology should consider smart street lighting as a first step. Read the excerpt from State Tech (including comments from Smart Cities Week participants) to find out more about why cities are increasingly seeing street lights as a way to enhance energy efficiency and much more.

Dijon : l'éclairage public au cœur de la ville intelligente

Mon, 2017-10-23 01:53 -- SCC Europe Staff

Dans l'est de la France, Dijon s'efforce de renforcer son statut de ville intelligente en impliquant ses voisins. La ville française joint ses forces à celles des localités environnantes pour se lancer dans un projet informatique de 105 millions d'euros qui améliorera son fonctionnement, tout en permettant la réalisation d'économies sur l'éclairage public, la gestion du trafic et la sécurité publique.

Three ways Graz, Austria plans to be carbon neutral by 2050

Mon, 2017-10-23 01:44 -- SCC Europe Staff

At the moment, Graz—the capital of the state of Styria and Austria’s second-largest city after Vienna—boasts the country’s only Smart City flagship project. Targeting the former industrial area near the centre of Graz, the smart urban development strategy will transform this local land reserve in Graz West into a residential area where sustainability is placed at the forefront.

Driverless cars: They're about a whole lot more than roads and traffic signals

Wed, 2017-10-04 15:25 -- Doug Peeples

Driverless vehicles are expected to have a major impact on cities within the next few years, and that impact will reach far beyond roads and streets, according to a panel of experts speaking at Smart Cities Week 2017. Read on to learn why they say city planners probably have a much bigger job ahead of them than they expect.

In Manchester, the future is sky-high

Thu, 2017-09-14 00:00 -- SCC Europe Staff

Residents who prefer the suburbs over city living no longer need to head out of town to find the calm they’re craving. Plans are underway for Manchester's first vertical village, which will offer some of the best views over the city, as well as a suburban-style enclave for residents who would previously have moved out of the city. When the €1.4 billion project wraps up in 2022, it will feature 1,400 homes, community gardens and communal areas, a farmer’s market, and an educational facility.